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November 2013

Nordisk Panorama News

Nordisk Panorama Winners on Tour in Skåne
Through the regional network CineSkåne, two of the Nordisk Panorama winners, A World Not Ours (Denmark) by Mahdi Fleifel, which won the New Nordic Voices competition and the winner of the Best Nordic Short, On Suffocation (Sweden) by Jennifer Malmqvist will be screened in several cinemas across Skåne, the southernmost region of Sweden. You can meet director Jenifer Malmqvist at most of the screenings.

The screening times and venues are:

22 Nov 20:30 at Stationshuset i Röstånga. Q&A with Jenifer Malmqvist!
23 Nov 15:00 at Intima Biografteatern, Kristianstad. Q&A with Jenifer Malmqvist!
27 Nov 19:00 at Borrby Bio. Q&A with Jenifer Malmqvist!
5 Dec 19:00 at Biorama, Skurup. Q&A with Jenifer Malmqvist!
9 Dec 19:00 at Bian, Eslöv.

The winning films and the rest of the Nordisk Panorama Market catalogue from this year are also available to film buyers, festival programmers, sales agents and distributors through Nordisk Panorama's password protected professional streaming service Nordisk Panorama Market Online year-round.

2nd Edition of Nordisk Panorama Town Hall at Helsinki Short Film Festival
The second edition of FkN's new initiative, the NP Town Hall, gathering key industry stakeholders for a Nordic forum addressing current obstacles in the short and documentary film industry recently took place during the Helsinki Short Film Festival.

The NP Town Hall was hosted by FkN's Finnish reference group on Wednesday 13 November under the title "Shorts and Docs - does anybody watch them?". Panelists included Iikka Vehkalahti (Producer, YLE Documentaries), Sari Volanen (Producer, YLE New Cinema), Eija Moisala (Head of Research, YLE), Jani Tiihonen (Executive producer, MTV3 Katsomo (Online)), Juha Elomäki (Head of Distribution, PEK - Pirkanmaa Film Centre) and Elina Rislakki (General Manager, Finnish Film Contact). The lively 2-hour discussion was moderated by scriptwriter-director Ilja Rautsi and attracted around 40 people in the audience.

A recording of the NP Town Hall can be found here for those fluent in Finnish.

The 3rd Finnish NP Town Hall will be held at Tampere Film Festival in March 2014.

FkN News

Lots of Nordic Docs & Projects at IDFA
At IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, (20 Nov-1 Dec) no less than 22 films from the Nordic countries can be enjoyed in the different sections of the festival. FkN will be there with a strong presence promoting Nordic docs available at Nordisk Panorama Market Online, FkN's online streaming service for international tv-buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers

The Nordic countries are also very well represented at the IDFA Forum with 10 Nordic projects and 3 Nordic co-productions out of a total of 50 selected projects, which means that no less than 26% of the projects have Nordic input. 5 of the projects were also pitched at Nordisk Forum and we're looking forward to following them at IDFA.

Director Katrine Kiilgaard, Market Manager Jing Haase, Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen and Festival Producer Monalisa Sundbom will be present at the festival. Katrine Kiilgaard and Christina Jul Gregersen will be attending both IDFA and the IDFA Forum where Christina will be present as a matchmaker, facilitating interaction between forum participants.

To set up a meeting with Katrine, send her an email or call her at +45 2042 4529. Reach Jing by email or at +45 3132 0212, catch Christina by email or at +45 6131 8539 and get in touch with Monalisa by email or at +46 (0)708 689 966.

The Office is Closed between Christmas and New Year
Our office will be closed from 23 December for the holidays. We will be back and ready for a new exciting year of Nordic short and documentary films on 6 January 2014.

New Nordic and International Initiatives

European Parliament Approves Creative Europe
Creative Europe, the new EU framework programme 2014-2020 for the cultural and audiovisual sector has been approved by a plenary vote in the European Parliament on Tuesday 19 November. A total of 650 voted for the approval, 32 against and 10 abstained.

From 2014 Creative Europe will replace the MEDIA and Culture programmes, building on more than 20 years of experience in supporting the cultural and audiovisual sectors. With a total budget of € 1.46 billion (2014-2020), Creative Europe will have a budget increase of 9 % compared to the previous programmes.

The new programme includes a Culture sub-programme, supporting performing and visual arts, heritage and other areas, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which will provide funding for the cinema and audiovisual sector. A new cross-sectoral strand will support policy cooperation, transversal measures and the new financial guarantee facility, which will be operational from 2016.

The programme will allocate at least 56% of its budget for the MEDIA sub-programme and at least 31% for the Culture sub-programme. This broadly reflects the share of funding that the two areas currently receive.

The Creative Europe programme will be definitively adopted by the 28 member states of the European Council in the weeks to come and will enter into force in January 2014. The first calls under the new programme are expected to be published in December.

Read the full press release here.

New Government Announces Budget Cuts for Film & TV in Norway
Norway's new centre-right government cuts the budget for the Norwegian film and television sector in the 2014 budget.

The former centre-left government had proposed a film budget of NOK 441,5 million (€ 53,7 million). The new government's original proposal aimed to cut it to NOK 409 million (€ 49,7 million), a reduction of NOK 32,5 million (€ 3,95 million), which has since been further reduced to NOK 36,2 million (€ 4,39 million) as a result of the recent budget negociations.

Leif Holst Jensen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Film and TV Producers' Association, finds the sharp cut surprising and sees it as a setback for the film fund to the level of 2005.

The public broadcaster NRK will also be affected by the change in government. With the former centre-left government the licence fee was to be raised by NOK 60 (€ 7,3) per household, but with the new centre-right government the increase will only be NOK 45 (€ 5,5) per household, giving NRK close to NOK 30 million (€ 3,65 million) less than proposed by the former government. As a consequence NRK will be going through an extensive process of rationalization and restructuring in 2014.